What is your job at Sheppard Pratt?
I’m the lead mental health worker on the Adolescent Male Unit at the Towson campus. I manage the milieu of the unit by supporting my fellow mental health workers and ensuring that the unit is a safe space for both staff and patients.
What does a typical day look like for you?
First thing in the morning, I review the report from the evening shift, which contains patient information from the night before as well as anything else my team needs to be aware of. Then, I determine a plan for the day based on the patient population and the skill sets of my colleagues. We work one-on-one with our patients to help them with their short- and long-term goals. We also make sure patients attend group and occupational therapy. At the end of my day, I help my colleagues prepare for their next shift.
What do you enjoy most about working at Sheppard Pratt?
My job is to help one person, but I get the opportunity to help so many. I truly enjoy my work. The kids we serve look to us to help them understand and improve their lives. It’s not a choice; it’s a calling.
What is your biggest source of inspiration?
My family is the most important thing to me, and my son is my biggest source of inspiration. His mother passed away when he was 6. Her death was hard on our whole family, but I am inspired by how my son has emerged stronger from it.
What has been your proudest moment at work?
I have proud moments all the time. They all involve the growth of people I’ve trained and the trust they provide our patients. I enjoy using my background as a musician to connect with the young men on my unit through music, dance, and poetry.
If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
I would provide for those closest to me and make donations to organizations that make a difference, like Sheppard Pratt. I’d also take time to just relax.
Job Title: Lead Mental Health Worker, Adolescent Male Unit
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Three words to describe Del: funny, intelligent, sincere